You can expect to hear a lot from Nancy Pelosi during the 2012 elections. You’ll hear her talking about how the GOP wants to eliminate entitlement programs. You’ll hear about how the radical Tea Party is drowning puppies in the Potomac. You’ll hear about how it’s all Bush’s fault and will be until 2016. But there’s one thing you apparently won’t hear, and that’s the “S word.” No… this isn’t a scatological reference or an admonition against letting the Vice President talk in public places. The former Speaker of the House will eschew using another word entirely.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Democrats have dropped the word “stimulus” from their vocabulary.
Though the House minority leader and her caucus are still pushing an economic stimulus agenda to save the economy, they’ve radically changed their rhetoric with the hope of winning over voters who saw “stimulus” as close to a dirty word.
Democrats are now being careful to frame their job-creation agenda in language excluding references to any stimulus, even though their favored policies for ending the deepest recession since the Great Depression are largely the same.
So the new game plan is the stimulus which must not be named. It’s an interesting if not terribly novel approach. Both parties use it, to be fair. You may recall that by the end of last year the GOP banned the use of the word “rich” in any form. You have to say, “job creator.”
Back to the Democrat side, there is no such thing as a “tax.” It’s a “revenue enhancer” if you please. And in the post-Bush era, we no longer engage in dirty, messy “wars.” We have “Time Limited, Scope Limited, Kinetic Military Actions.”
You know, if the White House had been a little bit faster on the draw, we never would have had to deal with Zero Job Growth last month. We could have had, “240,000 Jobs Deferred Until Autumn.”
You are invited to offer up your favorite suggestions for Speaker Pelosi’s modified lexicon. We’ll include the best ones here.